Developing a Personal Mythology:
Haliburton School for the Arts.
Haliburton, Ontario, Canada
July 1 - 5th, 2002.
Information and registration: phone 705 457 1680.
conjunction with "Living in Afghanistan"
Curated by Natalia Nekrassova and Max Allen.
June 19 - October 12, 2002
Tuesday, July 16th, 10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
About the exhibition:
is a multicultural society that includes many diverse ethnic groups,
including the Pashtun, Hazara, Uzbek, Tajik, Turkmen, Kirghiz and Belouch
peoples. Unfortunately, these remarkable cultures remain largely invisible
to the rest of the world, especially in the wake of the recent conflict
in Afghanistan. Take this opportunity to learn about the people behind
the headlines. Living in Afghanistan celebrates the rich and diverse
Islamic and pre-Islamic cultures of the Afghan people. The exhibition
unveils this 'Invisible Afghanistan' through clothing, rugs, textiles
and other artifacts reflecting historic and contemporary ways of life.
Up until now handcrafted felt meant water, soap and hard
work! But that has all changed with the advent of 'Needlefelting'. It's
the hottest new technique to hit the felting world. We'll use specialized
needles that have no eyes and need no thread. The barbs at the base
of the needle push and lock the wool fibre together allowing complete
control over this totally dry felting method. It's easy, it's fun and
you need no previous experience. After a guided tour of the exhibit
from Afghanistan, we'll explore the endless possibilities of this exciting
medium. Your samples can be made into books covers, creatures, landscape
pieces or whatever your imagination can conjure up!
To register for this workshop, call Janet Reid at 416 599 5321 extension
An Introduction to Needle Felting.
exciting retreat features a number of quilting and related arts.
Alverno Retreat Centre,
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
me for more info, or go directly to the Retreat Centre's website:
of this new one day workshop:
Come and explore a new dimension in quiltmaking! Create a totally unique
feltlet (a lap quilt or wall hanging), which will be feather light and
toasty warm. We'll use familiar materials like cotton backing and cotton
batting, but our blocks will be dry felted with scrumptious wool fibres!
This exciting, simple and innovative technique (known as 'needlefelting')
uses speciality needles that have no eye and need no thread. They have
barbs at the base of the needle, which will push and lock the fibre
to create an extremely strong fabric. The blocks can be either machine
or hand stitched together. The possibilities for surface embellishment
are endless. The completed quilt top can also be machine or hand quilted.
Absolutely no felting experience is necessary.
Creative Cocoon Workshop:
Felt - Exploring new paths for an ancient craft:
workshop in the Mulmur Hills
August 25, 2002.
9:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This introductory workshop focuses on both ancient and leading
edge felt-making techniques. You'll experiment with traditional 'wet'
felting methods and well as the hottest new way to felt called 'needlefelting'
or 'dry felting', which needs no water! Through a series of 2 and 3D
creations you'll work intuitively - allowing the pieces to evolve. As
faces, creatures, or landscape features suggest themselves, you'll help
them emerge. These felting methods can be used to create standalone
art pieces, functional pieces, accessories or clothing. You're limited
only by your imagination! Absolutely no feltmaking experience is needed
for you to delight in this day!
$45 for the workshop plus $15 material fee.
fibres and tools will be available for purchase. Bring a pack lunch.
Kai-Liis McInnes' Studio, 836100
4th Line EHS Mulmur (just north
Highway 89, west of Airport Road, east of Highway 10) - see location
is limited so act now!
a cheque or money order for $60 ($45 + $15 materials) to:
Wilkinson P.O. Box 151 Eagle Lake, Ontario K0M 1M0
Phone: 705 754 4004